Saturday, November 26, 2022

NFR set to open additional goods terminal at Shokhuvi rail station

Staff Reporter

In order to meet increasing demand from traders , Northeast Frontier Railways (NFR) will open a new goods terminal at Shokhuvi railway station, 25 km from Dimapur railway station.
In this regard, NFR held a roadshow with traders and businessmen, including traders engaged in loading and unloading of stone, cement, pulses, salt and edible oil at Dimapur region, both at Dimapur and Shokhuvi railway stations on April 9 under the supervision of Lumding senior divisional operations manager KK Sharma along with other officials of Lumding division.
The participants were provided with details on the recently-commissioned railway freight terminal at Shokhuvi with full length goods yard, a well-developed circulating area and modern lighting facilities. The field visit to the new terminal was also organised for first hand appraisal of facilities offered there.
The traders expressed enthusiasm at the freight loading facility at Shokhuvi, which is expected to begin soon. They felt that the facility would not only boost efficient logistics and transportation in Nagaland but also enable export and import of more products. Several businessmen from Nagaland including a participant from Tripura, attended the programme.
Meanwhile, in a telephonic conversation with Nagaland Post, NFR chief public relations officer (CPRO) Sabyasachi De said the additional goods terminal was being set up at Shokhuvi station to facilitate increased handling of goods.
He maintained that since Dimapur railway station was unable to handle all bookings due to congested location because of lack of space due to encroachments, the additional goods terminal was set up by NFR.
De however assured that the existing goods terminal at Dimapur railway station would continue to function.
Meanwhile there have been serious concerns regarding the fate of Dimapur railway station which has become stagnated because no expansion or development could be undertaken on account of rampant encroachment on railway lands.
Despite being the second highest revenue earner for NFR, Dimapur’s importance as a vital railway head for Nagaland, Karbi Anglong including Manipur is being reduced.
The issue of rampant encroachment has been highlighted on numerous occasion by Nagaland Post during the past decades. The state government and in particular, the district administration in Dimapur district have shown lack of will in eviction of encroachers.
This also include at least three mandirs that have come up within the station’s premises one of which even has lodging facilities.
Unless this issue is effectively tackled Dimapur railway station will become a feeder station for the soon to be developed stations at Bokajan and Dhansiri.

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